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Important things found in Antarctica this week: 91 volcanoes and also a fruitcake

And what they can tell us about the mysterious southern continent.
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These aren't volcanoes, but a picture of the ice that the actual volcanoes are under wouldn't be very interesting

Flickr user Christopher Michel

Volcanoes in Antarctica and chunks of fruit in fruitcake are both way more common than you might think. But at least the dried cherries won’t contribute to climate change.

This week, a group of researchers from the University of Edinburgh discovered in one region of West Antarctica. Meanwhile, the Antarctic Heritage Trust found a 106-year-old fruitcake at nearby Cape Adare. To be clear, these are not equally important findings. Fruitcakes, while the air is). Volcanoes, on the other hand, can tell you a lot.

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